Otherwise known as Mountain Man, he is the neighbor of the Robertsons, the legendary family on A&E's Duck Dynasty. He has since released the 2014 book Mountain Man: Keepin' a Slow Profile.
He moved around extensively throughout his youth, attending elementary school in Minnesota and then high school and community college in Tennessee.
His weekly radio show, Big Z Country, has gained listeners all over the world since his appearances on Duck Dynasty.
He was born in Louisiana and later spent years of his life living in Minnesota, Tennessee, and Indiana, before returning to live in Monroe, Louisiana.
He is close with several of his Duck Dynasty co-stars, including Jase Robertson, who wrote the foreword to his book Keepin' A Slow Profile.